Why did liberal Democrats in Michigan vote for Rick Santorum?
The adept Romney for President Digital Team today released a new web video answering that question. It’s titled “Liberal Democrats for Santorum.” Democrats voted in the Michigan primary because they know Governor Romney will be the stronger candidate in the general election. These voters did not vote for Rick Santorum; they voted for four more years of President Obama.
Voter: “My name is Krista Larsen. I’m a Democrat.”
Voter: “I’m Joe Disanno. I’m a democratic strategist in the state of Michigan.”
CNN’S Dana Bash: “Gary Zulinski.”
Tony Trupiano, progressive radio host: “I’m Tony Trupiano. [unintelligible]”
Bash: “And you voted for Rick Santorum?”
Voter: “I sure did.”
Bash: “…Went in there and you voted for?
Voter: “The last seven days we’ve been organizing and creating a list of Democrats who have committed to vote for Santorum in today’s election.”
Voter: “You know, it’s my way of protecting Obama.”
Trupiano: “I think Rick Santorum would be a weaker candidate. Of course he would be.”
Gary Zulinnski, Democrat: “It’s going to throw the GOP into some turmoil.”
Bash: “It’s not just going to be Michigan. The liberal blogs, they’re saying start in Michigan, but there are several other contests coming up with the same kind of open primary rules.”
Text: “Democrats voted for Rick Santorum because they want four more years of Obama.”
Text: “Defeat the Obama Political Machine.”
As early election returns began coming in last night, FOX News commentator Rich Lowry (National Review Online editor) commented on the tactic that sickened so many Republicans and Romney supporters – that Santorum himself had issued a rallying cry to Democrats to vote for him in order to stop Romney.
THEN, Lowry went on to say he was put-off by the way Romney “whined” about it.
I don’t know what Lowry was referring to. Romney had a very brief window of time to get the news out about Santorum. He stated the facts on Santorum’s gutter tactics, offered a brief opinion on said tactics, and moved on. NO whining.
As evidenced today, Romney’s new video focuses on Democrats’ correct perception that – should Santorum become the GOP nominee – Obama would clean his clock. The video does not mention Santorum’s own despicable doings in Michigan’s primary.
Lowry is flat-out wrong.
If any candidate should be entitled to a bit of whining, as Ross pointed out, it’s Mitt Romney.
The Gov isn’t a whiner. He’s a winner.
► Jayde Wyatt